High porosity hair is the complete opposite of low porosity because your hair retains moisture really easily! Your curls will retain water and oils and so it's best to use light weight product, as to not weigh your hair down.
The most popular way to test and see what your hair porosity is, is the water test. If the strand sinks, you have high porosity and if it floats, you have low porosity. And of course if you hair neither sinks or floats and stays in the middle of the glass, you have medium porosity.
- Step #1: Take a single strand of fallen hair and wash it with shampoo to make sure it’s free of conditioners and oils.
- Step #2: Drop the strand into a glass of water.
- Step #3: Pay attention to whether the strand floats, sinks, or stays in the middle.
You can then start to buy products that cater to your hair type, such as our Mango Moringa Moisture Max Line, which is good for all hair porosities!
2. Are You Using The Right Products?
It is a popular belief that oils and butters moisturize your curls and provide you the maximum moisture that you can get. Oils and butters lock in moisture from leave in conditioners and styling creams.
Knowing and understanding your hair type, which includes not only your hair porosity, but your curl pattern, hair density, and hair thickness is key. Here are things to look out for and signs that you may not be using the correct products for your curls.
Frizzy Strands. If your hair is frizzy, then it is dry and your curls may be lacking proper moisture. Use products like our Mango Moringa Styling Cream to really moisturize your strands from root to ends.
Increased Breakage. Breakage is never a good sign when it comes to natural hair. It is so frustrating when you are using products that you know work, but your ends are still breaking off. Your hair may not be taking in new product because of product buildup. Make sure to use products like our Mango Moringa Shampoo to help get ALL the product out of your hair, while not removing your natural oils
Your Hair Is Weighed Down. As we previously talked about, porosity is really important when deciding what products to use. Curly naturals with high porosity are able to easily absorb water and products which can easily weigh your curls down and make your hair heavy. It's important to know how heavy or light weight the products you use are. Our entire Mango Moringa Moisture Max System is lightweight, but can be used for all hair types and textures.
Flaking. Flaking comes from product build up, usually from gels. Most of the time, a little gel goes a long way. Gels are an additional step you can take to lock in the moisture and define your curls. If your gel flakes, you may want to experiment with using the gel with a different cream because the products just may not mesh well together.